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Beer Thu Dec 13 2012
Virtue Cider's latest release, Lapinette, could not come at a more perfect time. Despite our lack of snow, winter is coming, and this cidre brut, aged in French oak barrels, is a perfect companion to the rich dishes of the season.
The debut party at Lula Cafe featured pairings with all things creamy: cheeses such as comte, brie, and of course blue (perfect with a chunky fruit jam); meats prepared in the form of rilettes, pâté (chicken liver and cherries?!), and mousse; seasonal puréed vegetables on toasts; and hazelnut-cream-filled puffs. The dryness and low carbonation of Lapinette provided a wonderful balance to these rich bites.
This isn't to say that the cider isn't drinkable -- it is, very much so -- but I can't see having it on it's own at a bar like I would it's big brother Red Streak. I can see it becoming a chardonnay replacement for those of us who, like me, prefer the oakiness a little less in your face, and for a long night of snacking, lower alcohol content.
obligatory photo of the drink at the bar
Look for it at your favorite bars and restaurants.